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Recent releases

All on Board: Turning Evidence Into Action for Women’s Leadership

The challenge: more women hold senior leadership positions in Canada now than ever before—but progress has been slow. Equitable, inclusive, and diverse leadership is not only good for business, it’s also the right thing to do. But the lack of women and members of other equity groups in senior leadership positions suggests we are failing to foster diverse and inclusive environments in Canadian workplaces.

Online experience  |  8-min read
February 11, 2020

Labour Relations Outlook 2020

Organizations are at their strongest when they understand what can be expected at the bargaining table. This report outlines employers’ and unions’ key priorities going into negotiations for 2020. It provides an outlook on the top issues parties will bring to the table, and suggests ways in which unions and employers can work together to face upcoming challenges head-on. 

Online experience  |  2-min read
January 17 2020

Inclusive Workplaces Conference Breakfast Roundtable Report-Back

Dedicated advocates for workplace D&I gathered for a roundtable with Dr. Susan Black, President and CEO of The Conference Board of Canada, at the 2019 Inclusive Workplaces Conference. Participants represented organizations at varying stages of D&I implementation and identified certain challenges to advancing D&I efforts.

Report-back  |  4-min read
January 15, 2020

Measuring Up: Benchmarking Diversity and Inclusion in Canadian Organizations

Canadian attitudes on diversity and inclusion are changing. Many Canadian organizations have woken up to the reality that a diverse workforce—provided it has an inclusive workplace—is a genuine asset to any organization. This report provides a snapshot of diversity-related investments, policies, practices, and programs across Canadian organizations.

Report  |  50-min read
November 21, 2018

The Business Case to Build Physically Accessible Environments

Improving physical accessibility would dramatically improve labour force participation and consumer spending for the one in 10 Canadians with physical disabilities that impair their mobility, vision, or hearing, boosting the wider economy.

Report  |  50-min read
February 23, 2018

The Business Case for Supplier Diversity in Canada

Businesses owned by women and minorities are vital to Canada’s economic prosperity. However, many of these businesses have had difficulty gaining access to the supply chains of leading Canadian businesses and government organizations. Reinforcing this challenge is the fact that the benefits of diverse supply chains are not widely known in Canada.

Briefing  |  15-min read
September 21, 2017

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